Family outrage at stench from grass cuttings at Tottenham Hotspur's training ground

Peter Demetriou with his son Zane are outraged at the stench of disposed grass from Tottenham Hotspur's training ground

Peter Demetriou with his son Zane are outraged at the stench of disposed grass from Tottenham Hotspur's training ground

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The stench from tons of grass cuttings at Tottenham Hotspur's training ground has wreaked havoc those living nearby.

While multi-million pound stars train on pristinely cut grass at one of the best centres in the world, those living opposite are feeling the effects.

Peter Demetriou, 40, of Guy Lodge Farm, in Whitewebbs Lane, is incensed that the Premier League side has disposed tons of grass cuttings in the far reaches of their grounds, opposite his home.

Mr Demetriou told the Enfield Independent that as a result of the pong, his son, Zane, was physically sick.

He said: “This is absolutely outrageous what they are doing and I reached the end of my tether when my 11-year-old son was physically sick because of the stench, it is unbelievable.

“What has happened is that they have dumped 200 tons of grass near our home and it has rotted away and when they turn it over, a type of slurry has been produced and created this indescribable smell.”

The outraged resident claims that the smell caused by the fermentation of the grass on the border of Tottenham’s lands, has ruined the family’s past two summers.

He said: “They churn over the grass and clear it in the evenings and in the summer it is a lot worse. This has happened to use for the past two years and has ruined our summers, we can barely go outside without the stench hitting us for six.

“We was promised last summer from Spurs that this would never happen again and yet here we are with this continuous health hazard on our doorstep.

“We have more than 20 animals on our grounds and I am used to all sorts of smells but this cannot be tolerated. The council needs to confront Spurs on this issue because they are not doing enough.”

Tony Brewer, who also lives on Whitewebbs Lane, believes the silage is releasing a toxic liquid which is damaging the health of people living there.

He said: “Tottenham Hotspur has blighted the resident’s lives here and this has been unacceptable. I haven’t been able to open my windows on many occasions.

“There is a form of liquid coming off of the grass which is causing a rotten smell because the grass is fermenting which is stock piled.”

An Enfield Borough Council spokesman has told the newspaper that the authority visited Tottenham Hotspur on August 7.

He said: “Enfield Council was contacted on the August 4, regarding a smell which came from the large amount of grass which had been stockpiled by THFC on their grounds.

“After a visit by the council’s environmental health team on August 7, the club have agreed to move the grass. Enfield Council are monitoring the situation to ensure the agreed actions are completed.”

A Tottenham Hotspur spokesman added: “The grass cuttings is part of our green waste and compost strategy. We have visited the neighbour and the grass has been removed from the site. Grass cuttings will now go off site to green waste management.”

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8:49am Wed 20 Aug 14

papadeltasierra says...

Isn't that silage? I thought that there were a large number of regulations about storage of silage, mainly to do with the run-off which can destroy water courses because it depletes the oxygen.
Isn't that silage? I thought that there were a large number of regulations about storage of silage, mainly to do with the run-off which can destroy water courses because it depletes the oxygen. papadeltasierra
  • Score: 4

10:09am Wed 20 Aug 14

DrDerekCull says...

??“The grass cuttings is part of our green waste and compost strategy."??
Dumping grass in a heap is NOT grass waste management. It is imho environmental pollution. Grass silage liquor is a highly toxic waste and is covered by the The Water Resources (Control of Pollution) (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) (England) Regulations 2010. Offensive, industrial/commercia
l smell is, in law, a statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA). If Spurs were warned of this in 2013, then there are grounds for the Environmental Officers to prosecute Spurs. However, the EOs are employed by Enfield Borough Council, in my view, this is unlikely to happen. They wouldn't want to upset their biggest tenant!
??“The grass cuttings is part of our green waste and compost strategy."?? Dumping grass in a heap is NOT grass waste management. It is imho environmental pollution. Grass silage liquor is a highly toxic waste and is covered by the The Water Resources (Control of Pollution) (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) (England) Regulations 2010. Offensive, industrial/commercia l smell is, in law, a statutory nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA). If Spurs were warned of this in 2013, then there are grounds for the Environmental Officers to prosecute Spurs. However, the EOs are employed by Enfield Borough Council, in my view, this is unlikely to happen. They wouldn't want to upset their biggest tenant! DrDerekCull
  • Score: 3

11:50am Wed 20 Aug 14

dons24pelliparclose says...

Clause 50 of the Regulations provide: " the Environment Agency must be notified of the proposed silage making site at least 14 days before it is first used......
Water sources may be located on neighbouring property and you
should investigate thoroughly such a possibility if your proposed site is within 50 metres of the boundary of neighbouring property...

If you make field silage on a site without having notified the Agency ... you will contravene the Regulations, and will be liable to prosecution".
Clause 50 of the Regulations provide: " the Environment Agency must be notified of the proposed silage making site at least 14 days before it is first used...... Water sources may be located on neighbouring property and you should investigate thoroughly such a possibility if your proposed site is within 50 metres of the boundary of neighbouring property... If you make field silage on a site without having notified the Agency ... you will contravene the Regulations, and will be liable to prosecution". dons24pelliparclose
  • Score: 2

1:55pm Wed 20 Aug 14

spur123 says...

I'm sure Tottenham would rather dump it all somewhere offsite (which it seems they are now going to do) but came up the idea of reusing their own grass cuttings for compost as part of a 'green solution' to appease all the people who objected to them being there in the first place.

Sometimes you just cant win (like West Ham).
I'm sure Tottenham would rather dump it all somewhere offsite (which it seems they are now going to do) but came up the idea of reusing their own grass cuttings for compost as part of a 'green solution' to appease all the people who objected to them being there in the first place. Sometimes you just cant win (like West Ham). spur123
  • Score: 1

3:50pm Wed 20 Aug 14

EN1girl says...

What a something and nothing story. So they dumped the grass and have now moved it. Why bother printing such rubbish after a non-event?
What a something and nothing story. So they dumped the grass and have now moved it. Why bother printing such rubbish after a non-event? EN1girl
  • Score: 8

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